2007 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • WA 91
  • IWC 90

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2009
Revealing a more evolved light to medium gold color the 2007 Chardonnay Estate offers zesty caramelized orange rind notes intermixed with lemon grass and a steely minerality. Medium to full-bodied and tightly knit it... Revealing a more evolved light to medium gold color the 2007 Chardonnay Estate offers zesty caramelized orange rind notes intermixed with lemon grass and a steely minerality. Medium to full-bodied and tightly knit it looks set for at least 5-6 years of life.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2008
($30) Bright gold. Ripe melon and pit fruits on the nose. Brighter orange and Meyer lemon on the palate which features a fleshy texture and a slow-building note of floral honey. The citrus notes gain strength on the clean... ($30) Bright gold. Ripe melon and pit fruits on the nose. Brighter orange and Meyer lemon on the palate which features a fleshy texture and a slow-building note of floral honey. The citrus notes gain strength on the clean juicy impressively persistent finish. 90 points
JJB 91
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, September 2009
This wine is a stunner! A very deep golden straw color. On the nose very complex notes of granny smith apples nectarines hazelnut and crushed rocks. After taking my first sip I was inundated by the striking minerality... This wine is a stunner! A very deep golden straw color. On the nose very complex notes of granny smith apples nectarines hazelnut and crushed rocks. After taking my first sip I was inundated by the striking minerality bright acidity and the balance of the wine. There are hints of lemon peel mandarin oranges and a touch of new oak. This is a teriffic example of well made California Chardonnay.
JJB 90
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, January 2010
24k Golden hue with a clear/yellow rim. Juicy and tropical on the nose with starfruit guava and citrus aromas. Some notes of crème brulee and vanilla show through as well. Rich and textured Chardonnay with lots of... 24k Golden hue with a clear/yellow rim. Juicy and tropical on the nose with starfruit guava and citrus aromas. Some notes of crème brulee and vanilla show through as well. Rich and textured Chardonnay with lots of mouthfeel but not over the top in any respect. Layered and delicious. This shows a lot of focus but also displays abundant fruit.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2007

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides Melville’s team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.